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Cubs swap in two minor-league players Thursday
by Chris Towers |

The Cubs recalled infielder Logan Watkins and reliever Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa Thursday, to take up two vacant roster spots.

Both players might be with the team briefly, as Watkins is simply taking Starlin Castro's spot whil he is on bereavement leave. Rosscup is up with the team to replace Edwin Jackson (lat), but might go back down when the team needs another starter. 

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Felix Doubront set for rehab finale at Double-A
by Chris Towers |

Cubs pitcher Felix Doubront is set to make his final rehab appearance for Double-A Tennessee Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Doubront, who is working his way back from a calf injury, has yet to pitch in a game for the Cubs since being acquired. He has allowed six runs in 10 innings so far on his rehab assignment.  

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Starlin Castro placed on bereavement list
by Chris Towers |

The Cubs placed shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list Thursday, putting him away from the team for a minimum of three days. It is not known how long he is expected to be out, though he cannot be on the list for longer than seven days.  

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Edwin Jackson hits DL with strained lat
by Chris Towers |

Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, due to a strained right lat.

Jackson was chased in the third inning of his start Wednesday after allowing eight hits and seven runs, and it appears the injury is at least part of the reason. The team had discussed moving him to a bullpen role after Wednesday's outing, but that decision will have to wait until after this injury heals. At this point, there is no timetable for his return.

Jackson has struggled mightily this season even before the injury, with his ERA ballooning to 6.09 in 26 starts. 

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Cam Bedrosian getting the call Thursday
by Chris Towers |

The Angels are expected to recall pitcher Cam Bedrosian Thursday, the Orange County Register reports.

Bedrosian has a 1.30 ERA over 41 2/3 innings in three stops in the minors this season, and will make his major-league debut upon appearing in his first game with the Angels. 

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Angels to recall Wade LeBlanc, who could join rotation
by Chris Towers |

The Angels recalled pitcher Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A Salt Lake Thursday, to replace Garrett Richards (knee) on the active roster.

LeBlanc will be available out of the bullpen beginning Thursday, but the Orange County Register reports he is in line to start in Richards' place Monday against the Marlins. LeBlanc appeared in one game earlier this season for the Angels, allowing four runs over six innings of relief. 

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Chad Qualls likely unavailable Thursday as well
by Chris Towers |

Astros pitcher Chad Qualls told Thursday he does not expect to be available for that day's game against the Yankees, due to tightness in his lower back.

Qualls has not pitched since Tuesday, but does not think  the injury will require a disabled list trip. 

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Yohan Pino set to start in Saturday's doubleheader
by Chris Towers |

The Twins will recall pitcher Yohan Pino for Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, manager Ron Gardnehire told Thursday.

Pino will start the first game of the doubleheader, his first start since he was sent down last week. Pino's stay with the team will not last long, as he will be called up and sent down as the team's 26th man for the doubleheader. 

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David Murphy begins physical activities
by Chris Towers |

Indians outfielder David Murphy began core exercises Thursday, manager Terry Francona told reporters.

Murphy began his exercises Thursday, though it sounds as if he is limited at this point. Murphy is expected to be out until at least mid-September due to a strained right oblique. 

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Steven Souza starting rehab at Class A Hagerstown
by Chris Towers |

Nationals outfielder Steven Souza will begin his rehab assignment Thursday at Class A Hagerstown Thursday, as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.

According to the Washington Post, Souza is expected to play at Hagerstown before moving to Class A Potomac for a few more games. It is not clear when he will be considered a candidate to return to the majors.  

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